Nooses, Hate Signs Found On Mississippi Capitol Grounds Day Before Contentious Runoff

We do not need an Alabama’ Hyde Smith has Republicans holding their breath			 0					By		Marta Subat

We do not need an Alabama’ Hyde Smith has Republicans holding their breath 0 By Marta Subat

Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, where the president held the first of two rallies to boost Republican Sen.

In between orientation sessions for incoming members of Congress, Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley took some time over the weekend to travel to MS to stump for Mike Espy, a fellow Democrat facing an appointed Republican incumbent for one of the state's two US Senate seats.

The Mississippi runoff gives Trump another chance to get back on the campaign trail after his frustrations with the media's coverage of the midterms, which saw Republicans lose control of the House while likely picking up two seats to expand their narrow Senate majority. Espy's campaign has said Espy ended the consulting arrangement because of Gbagbo's record.

But Elizabeth Gallinghouse, 84, from the coastal town of Diamondhead, voted for Hyde-Smith and said neither the "hanging" comments nor Hyde-Smith's appearance in the Confederate hat bothered her.

"I've never heard a negative ad, I've never heard a positive ad", she said of him. But she also blamed Espy and Democrats, saying her comments "were taken and twisted and used as a political weapon against me by my opponent".

Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and USA agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

Trump plans to speak Monday afternoon at a rally in Tupelo and then that night at a rally in Biloxi.

The runoff Senate victor will serve the final two years of the six-year term of now-retired Sen.

But race has become a dominant issue as Hyde-Smith faces Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary who would become Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction.

The Jackson, Mississippi Free Press reported that in the 1970s Hyde-Smith attended a private high school that helped white parents avoid integration efforts, and later sent her own daughter to a similar private school.

A day before a runoff US Senate election and as Donald Trump prepared to visit the state to stage two rallies, nooses and six signs were found on the grounds of the MS capitol. This was widely understood as a casual reference to Mississippi's long and gruesome history of lynching, which took the lives of hundreds of black men in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. One sign said MS needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims". "I don't think she should have said what she said about the hanging" - but she didn't mean to say it, and it's been misconstrued, Smith added.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's spoken with Sen.

"I don't talk to them as white voters".

"This contribution was made on November 2nd before Senator Hyde-Smith's remarks became public on November 11th", Google said in a statement. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the position earlier this year after Senator Thad Cochran stepped down due to health issues.

Espy said he refused to accept offers of plea deals because, "I was so not guilty, I was innocent".

"I put my reputation on the line, went through a trial, went through 70 witnesses against me, went through the special prosecutor who spent $26 million against me and I was found not guilty. I was going to vote for Mike Espy anyway".

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